Firm Profile > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa

Banking and finance Tier 1

VdA's offering spans the full range of regulatory and transactional work pertaining to the banking and finance sector. The group brings together seasoned practitioners across capital markets, trusts and collective investment schemes, who handle matters in close collaboration with other firmwide practices, notably M&A and real estate. Besides its strong practice in NPLs, the department particularly excels in securitisation transactions, syndicated loans and cross-border financing matters. Pedro Cassiano Santos chairs the practice; he specialises in banking regulations and structured finance transactions. Other key individuals include Benedita Aires, whose experience covers real estate financing and the recapitalisation of Portuguese banks, and Hugo Moredo Santos, who provides ongoing regulatory advice to credit institutions in Portugal and African jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Cassiano Santos

Other key lawyers:

Benedita Aires; Hugo Moredo Santos; Paula Gomes Freire; Pedro Simões Coelho; Tiago Correia Moreira; Orlando Vogler Guiné

Key clients

Group Claude Berda/ Vanguard Properties

Mota-Engil Group

Citizenergy 2.0 Project

EFACEC Power Solutions, SGPS S.A.

Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A. and Morgan Stanley Principal Funding, Inc.

Banco Invest, S.A.

White & Case LLP

Altamira Asset Management Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.

ABSA Bank Mozambique

Arrow Global Limited

Capital Management LLC

Hefesto STC, S.A. | Whitestar, Asset Solutions, S.A.

Sierra European Retail Real Estate Assets Holdings B.V.

JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A.; JP Morgan Limited

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios Establecimiento Financiero de Crédito (UCI) – Sucursal em Portugal

Standard Bank Angola, S.A.

Christofferson, Robb & Company

Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD

C2 – Capital Partners, SCR, S.A.

Citibank International PLC

BNP Paribas

Galp Energia, SGPS, S.A.

Incus Capital Advisors, S.A.

Capital markets Tier 1

VdA's capital markets practice has secured a leading position in the Portuguese legal market through its involvement in numerous high-value and innovative transactions. Testament to its standing is the impressive track record in debt capital markets deals, in which the team is regularly instructed by underwriters, issuers and joint lead managers. Recent highlights saw the group advising on the first issuance of non-preferred senior debt in the Portuguese capital markets, which is likely to set the path for new issuances of this type of instrument. Key fields of expertise also include public offers, green bond issues, securitisation matters and takeovers. Practice head Pedro Cassiano Santos is a reference in debt capital markets, while José Pedro Fazenda Martins is the name to note for equity deals. Also noteworthy is Hugo Moredo Santos, who excels in public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Cassiano Santos

Other key lawyers:

Hugo Moredo Santos; José Pedro Fazenda Martins; Tiago Correia Moreira; Benedita Aires

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

Banco Invest, S.A.

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Mota-Engil SGPS, S.A.

Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC

Crédit Agrícole

Beka Finance, Sociedad de Valores, S.A

Apollo Management International LLP


Caixa Bank, S.A.

Housers PFP

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

VdA has one of the leading M&A, corporate and governance teams in the country. Testament to its standing in the market is its involvement in numerous landmark deals, ranging from share and asset transactions to privatisations and corporate reorganisations. The firm acts for multinational corporations, private equity firms, listed companies, domestic financial institutions and companies operating in a range of highly regulated sectors, with a particular focus on energy, telecoms, infrastructure and education. Jorge Bleck, whose notable areas of practice include private equity and joint ventures, leads on M&A mandates, while Paulo Olavo Cunha oversees the corporate and governance group. With a strong background in finance and energy law, Claudia Cruz Almeida participated in several of the big-ticket transactions recently handled by the firm. Other core team members include managing partner João Vieira de Almeida and private equity and venture capital specialist Helena Vaz Pinto. Sofia Bobone stands out for her impressive international experience. In firm-wide developments, in 2021 the firm joined SDG Ambition, the UN programme aimed at integrating the sustainable development goals into business management.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bleck; Paulo Olavo Cunha

Other key lawyers:

João Vieira de Almeida; Cláudia Cruz Almeida; Helena Vaz Pinto; Paulo Trindade Costa; António Mendes de Almeida; Sofia Bobone

Key clients

José de Mello Capital, S.A.

Ageas Portugal


Cellnex Telecom, S.A.

Novabase SGPS, S.A.

First State Investments

Finerge Group

Toyota Motor Europe

Sonagi SGPS, S.A.

GHO Capital Partners LLP

Stericycle, Inc.

Mapfre Group

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Plainwater, SGPS, S.A.

Porsche Holdings GmbH


Certares Management LLC

Stirling Square Capital Partners Second Fund (Advisers) LLP

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

VdA maintains its leading position in the market, showcasing longstanding expertise in privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters. The sizeable department stands out for its wide-ranging sectoral knowledge, leading advice to key players from the banking, pharmaceutical, insurance, retail and energy sectors in Portugal and abroad. The firm's capabilities not only cover data protection impact assessments, but also include assistance in the context of M&A and technology transactions with data protection implications, as well as risk management in relation to cyber attacks and data breaches. As a response to the increasing number of cyber incidents, the firm developed a new product, Cybersecurity Tools, to help clients establish clear strategies, capable of preventing and reacting to attacks. Furthermore, practitioners excel in domestic and cross-border implementation of projects involving AI, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) issues. Practice head Magda Cocco, who is an established authority in the field, receives key support from Inês Antas de Barros and Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves, who 'stand out for their technical skills and availability'.

Practice head(s):

Magda Cocco

Other key lawyers:

Inês Antas de Barros; Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves


‘The technical knowledge and expertise of the Privacy & Data Protection team is outstanding. One can always be sure to be provided with the best practices as the team dominates the arena. With extensive expertise in the privacy and data protection fields and proven experience in the implementation of new legal frameworks, VdA has managed to consistently meet and sometimes exceed clients’ expectations.’

‘The VdA team stands out for its very practical approach. The team fully understands the business and therefore can anticipate potential problems related to privacy in the healthcare sector, which translates into a proactive approach, instead of a reactive response. This type of counselling saves time and money, and also helps to promote awareness within the organization.’

‘What absolutely provides a unique characteristic to this team is the experience they have. VdA has been working in data privacy and data protection for 15+ years and that shows. They are not only executors but they know how regulators handle and have handled subjects in the past. The team is used to innovative solutions and thinking which leads to better solutions in a time frame that is adequate.’

‘Practice head Magda Cocco is an extraordinary lawyer with a tremendous ability to understand clients.’

‘Very strong know-how is the main characteristic of this practice. They have a very strong positive and business attitude, trying to find the best possible business solution within the constraints of the law ’

‘Their knowledge is a very important asset. They can run with the ball when needed, letting the client stay back for a more strategic, negotiating position. I appreciate this in the team.’

‘VdA is extremely competent, with solid knowledge in laws, namely in data privacy and data protection laws and regulations. The team is reliable and responsible, and always meets deadlines. Transparency is key.’

‘The team is business-driven and always up to date with the most recent legislation, cases, recommendations (not only on local jurisdiction but in relation to a pan-European market). Lawyers are extremely professional and provide swift responses.’

Key clients


Altice Group

APS – Associação Portuguesa de Seguradores

Brisa Group

CTT Group

EDP Group

European Space Agency (ESA)

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Fundação Bancária “La Caixa”

Generg Group

HPA Saúde Group


José de Mello Group

José de Mello Saúde (CUF)

Lusíadas Saúde

Luz Saúde

MantaOperations Unipessoal, Lda.

Sport Lisboa e Benfica Group (SLB)

Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, S.A. (TAP)

VIA Outlets Portugal

Wizink Bank, S.A.

Sonae Sierra S.A.

World Economy Forum

World Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Some of the most prominent companies in the Portuguese market and international clients operating in a wide range of sectors, particularly banking, energy and telecoms, seek VdA's assistance in the full array of dispute resolution matters. On the litigation front, the team is adept at handling corporate, commercial and insurance disputes, while also showcasing strength in cases involving class actions and contractual conflicts. Anticipating the new economic cycle that is likely to emerge in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm has launched a new practice area devoted to restructuring and insolvency matters. Arbitration is another core area of activity for the team, which often advises on cross-border issues involving Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. António de Magalhães Cardoso, Frederico Gonçalves Pereira and Miguel Pinto Cardoso, who all field strong credentials in commercial litigation and arbitration, jointly lead the department. Carla Gonçalves Borges is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

António Magalhães Cardoso; Frederico Gonçalves Pereira; Miguel Pinto Cardoso

Other key lawyers:

Carla Gonçalves Borges


‘Lawyers with formidable legal knowledge, very good academic training and extensive experience in court.’

‘Extreme diligence, outstanding detail perception, as well as legal and technical understanding of the issues at hand.’

‘Individually sound and competent, permanently reassure one’s natural doubts on the ongoing procedures of every circumstance. Very proficient, albeit managing to always keep a required friendly atmosphere in the relationship with clients.’

‘VdA fields a highly specialised team with a willingness to know and understand clients.’

‘Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is a great strategist, capable of advising across a range of highly complex legal matters, who stands out for his extensive experience in complicated arbitration and litigation cases.’

‘Carla Borges’ assertiveness and communication skills are second to none.’

‘The main differentiating factor is the personal nature of the firm’s partners and associates that come across as very friendly and humble. This personalised, dedicated style gives VdA an edge.’

‘Miguel Pinto Cardoso possesses great communication skills, deep knowledge of the law, strong writing ability and good judgement. He is able to explore different strategies and think outside the box to achieve the best outcome for clients.’

Key clients

Banco Comercial Português, S.A (BCP)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A. (CGD)

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A. (Brisa)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A. (CGD)


Roche – Sistemas de Diagnósticos, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

National Investment Bank, LLC (NIB)


José de Mello Saúde, S.A.

Petróleos de Portugal, S.A. (Petrogal)

DePuy International Limited

DePuy France SAS


Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Covering the entire spectrum of energy matters, VdA particularly excels in cross-border project development and financing involving Lusophone African countries. It fields a well-established oil and gas team, which is adept at assisting leading financial institutions and companies throughout all stages of the construction, financing and restructuring of projects, and in M&A transactions. Public and private sector clients in the mining sector also frequently instruct the team. The broad service offering further includes renewable energy advice, encompassing hydro, wind and solar power. Ana Luís de Sousa, whose areas of expertise include the structuring of greenfield projects and financing transactions, heads the team with João Afonso Fialho, who focuses on the oil and gas sector. Vanda Cascão is highly regarded in the power sector; Manuel Protásio is a name to note for project finance. José Miguel Oliveira - who made partner in 2021 - is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luís de Sousa; João Afonso Fialho

Other key lawyers:

Vanda Cascão; Manuel Protásio; José Miguel Oliveira

Key clients

Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limitada

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

ENGIE SA |EDP Renewables

Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S.A.

Finerge, S.A.


TrustEnergy Group

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.


KT – Kinetics Technology, SPA – Angola

Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority (ANPM)

EU and competition Tier 1

VdA handles a steady flow of competition matters, demonstrating substantial experience in a diverse range of regulated industries, notably telecoms, insurance, transport and financial services. The team is often instructed in cases before the European commission and courts, and is well equipped to assist with competition litigation, state aid and merger control issues. Antitrust investigations and cartel cases are other strong points for the department, which is now led by Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro. Abuse of dominance matters and competition litigation are core areas of focus for the practice head, who receives key support from Nuno Ruiz. Also noted is Cláudia Coutinho da Costa, whose areas of expertise include merger control issues.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Ruiz; Cláudia Coutinho da Costa; João Francisco Barreiros; Marta Flores da Silva


‘VdA’s EU and Competition practice stands out for its strong technical competence applied to different industries and practical experience from its involvement in the largest cases in Portugal.’

‘Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro’s strong experience, technical competence and qualities like thoughtfulness, common sense and strategic vision provide a sense of security that is not common in most law firms.’

‘Strong knowledge of the law, capacity to give practical advice that links to the business needs. Always available, with plenty of expertise regarding the matter to be handled, they give a lot of confidence when a decision needs to be made upon their advice.’

‘Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro and Marta Flores da Silva are recommended.’

I must mention the fact that we have worked together for many years and we have faced challenges and processes together. I highlight Ricardo Junqueiro and Nuno Ruiz.’

Key clients

Portugese State (Parpública)

Zurich Insurance PLC – Sucursal Portugal

José de Mello Group

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia

Banco Comercial Português

SATA Airlines

Mapfre Seguros Gerais, S.A.

Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, S.A.

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.


Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A.

Ageas Portugal Holding, SGPS, S.A

José de Mello – Residências e Serviços, SGPS, S.A.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

With a strong track record in high-profile criminal cases involving multiple jurisdictions, VdA is well equipped to assist clients in money-laundering investigations, as well as matters pertaining to fraud, embezzlement, forgery and bribery. Of particular note, the team has been extremely busy handling significant proceedings involving the football industry. The white-collar crime practice, which is part of the firm-wide dispute resolution group, is further prepared to assist clients with the increasing exposure to cybercrime as well as compliance issues. With almost three decades of experience in this field, co-head João Medeiros is well known for handling some of the most sensitive criminal cases in the country. Fellow co-leader Sofia Ribeiro Branco focuses on corporate crime and regulatory misdemeanour cases. Bruno Melo Alves is another practitioner to note for criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

João Medeiros; Sofia Ribeiro Branco

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Melo Alves; Joana Bernardo; Rui Costa Pereira; Inês Almeida Costa

Key clients

EDP Group

Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN)

Doyen Sports Investment (DSI)

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Sport Lisboa e Benfica — Futebol, S.A.D.

Suez II Water Technologies & Solutions Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.


Marítimo da Madeira Futebol – SAD

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

VdA significantly expanded its offering with the hire of Filipa Cotta as head of the restructuring and insolvency team in August 2020. Cotta has a background in dispute resolution and 12 years of experience in insolvency and restructuring, with particular strength in cross-border insolvencies and liquidations for major clients in the finance sector. The team advises on the gamut of matters in this area, including in the negotiation of distressed asset transactions. Dispute resolution practice head Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is the key contact for litigation and Claudia Cruz Almeida adds strength in the banking and corporate areas. Senior advisor Teresa Pitôrra also receives praise.

Practice head(s):

Filipa Cotta

Other key lawyers:

Frederico Gonçalves Perreira; Claudia Cruz Almeida; Tiago Correia Moreira; Teresa Pitôrra


‘They are very well prepared; real specialists on insolvency law.’

‘An outstanding team that navigates through complex situations in a very enthusiastic and practical manner.’

‘Cláudia Cruz Almeida and Teresa Pitôrra stand out as a great team combining complementary capabilities that enabled to navigate through a very complex project. I would like to highlight Cláudia and Teresa’s full availability, engagement, commitment and resilience further to their outstanding technical capabilities.’

‘The team leader led with an outstanding performance a very difficult, special and unusual process of a long existing debt between my company and our major client. It was the right choice, the fact that the team was always focused and tackled in advance on every move of the negotiation to unequivocally protect us in this conflict.’

‘Filipa Cotta’s leadership skills have contributed significantly to the outcome of this demanding process. Filipa’s knowledge about the specificity of this process, different legal environments combined with her excellent negotiating skills led all of us into the very positive outcome of this conflict.’

‘VdA has a particularly important characteristic when compared to other law firms: a true team spirit, sometimes even savage in pursuing the common objective. And the more demanding the challenge, the greater the delivery.’

‘Filipa Cotta represented us in a complex Portuguese banking matter. Her knowledge in the field is excellent and she was extremely easy to work with.’

‘A strong team with talent at all levels of the practice.’

Key clients

Caixa Gestão de Ativos, S.A. (“CGA”) and the Insolvent Estate of Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado Promovest

Banco Comercial Português, S.A. (“BCP”)

Banco de Portugal

Porsche Holding GmbH

Rio Forte Investments SA

Euroamerican Finance, SA

Espírito Santo International

Banif Finance Limited

Atena Equity Partners

Maló Clinic S.A.

Prado Cartolinas da Lousã

Intellectual property Tier 1

VdA has unparalleled experience in acting for leading pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation before judicial and arbitral courts. Furthermore, the team has bolstered its service offering in the field of trade mark, design and unfair competition litigation. Department head António de Magalhães Cardoso has an impressive track record in representing originator pharmaceutical companies in disputes concerning generic medicine regulatory approvals. This is also an area of expertise for Sara Nazaré, who has handled several revocation proceedings. Managing associate Marta Alves Vieira focuses on patents and trade mark enforcement.

Practice head(s):

António de Magalhães Cardoso

Other key lawyers:

Marta Alves Vieira; Sara Nazaré


‘The VdA team is impressively responsive, has an excellent understanding of the law and the ability to view the advice given on the law in Portugal as part of a broader international strategy. This international mindset combined with their technical excellence has led us to choose VdA as our primary go-to firm for patent litigation in Portugal.’

‘VDA has a strong team of Portuguese IP litigators. They have a lot of experience in managing the many foibles of Portuguese patent litigation.’

‘The team is knowledgeable of local law, but has shown proficiency in European law as well.’

‘Marta Alves Vieira and Sara Nazaré have impressed us by their professionalism and dedication. We have found the Portuguese aspects of our litigation projects to be in very safe hands with them.’

‘VdA has a deep bench of excellent lawyers and is the pre-eminent IP litigation practice in Portugal. They completely outshine their peers and I am always glad to have them on side. ’

‘Sara Nazaré is one of the best patent litigators in Europe. Even though she is a managing associate, she has more experience of high importance patent litigation than most other lawyers in Europe. Sara is exceptional. She has a boundless knowledge of Portuguese patent law and procedure and she is able to predict developments. Sara is a tenacious advocate and firmly puts her clients points to the judge, even when she faces an uphill battle. Sara is also a firm but fair cross-examiner. Sara is very hard working and is always available for discussions. She is able to provide good and thoughtful advice on tricky issues at very short notice.’

‘Sara and her team are extremely efficient and have always provided well reasoned, comprehensive advice to us and the client. This is not always easy given the nuances of the Portuguese IP system, but she has built tremendous trust through her work over the years.’

‘Highly sought after team for any IP litigation in Portugal, particularly well known for acting for major life sciences innovator clients.’

Key clients






Bristol-Myers Squibb


Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia, S.A.

Merck Sharp and Dohme

Millennium Pharmaceuticals


Novartis AG

UCB Pharma

Vanguard Properties

Projects and project finance Tier 1

VdA has cemented a leading position in the market through its work on the financing of major energy and infrastructure projects in Portugal and a number of African jurisdictions (Mozambique being particularly active recently). The sizeable team is led by Manuel Protásio, who specialises in project finance, acquisition and other structured financing, particularly in the energy, mining and water sectors. Ana Luís de Sousa is the head of the firm's energy and natural resources practice and is the go-to lawyer for that area; oil and gas practice head João Afonso Fialho adds further energy expertise. Teresa Empis Falcão and Paulo de Barros Baptista are also key members of the team, whose recent highlights include projects for key client Brisa. Vanda Cascão - who advises on projects in Portugal and across Africa - is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Protásio

Other key lawyers:

Ana Luís de Sousa; João Afonso Fialho; Paulo de Barros Baptista; Teresa Empis Falcão; Vanda Cascão

Key clients

Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limitada

Banking syndicate by Unicredit S.p.A., Siemens Bank GmbH, Banco Comercial Português, S.A. (Millennium BCP), Novo Banco, S.A., Demir-Halk Bank (Nederland) N.V., DenizBank AG and the European Investment Bank

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A.

AEBT – Auto-Estradas do Baixo Tejo, S.A..

Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S.A. (REN)

Lusoamoreiras – Sociedade Imobiliária, S.A.

A4F – Algafuel, S.A.


KT – Kinetics Technology, SPA – Angola

European Investment Bank

Banco BPI, S.A. (now CaixaBank, S.A.)

Portos dos Açores, S.A.

Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority (ANPM)

Public law Tier 1

VdA excels in the gamut of public law matters, particularly standing out for its impressive track record in administrative litigation and arbitration. The practice is equipped to advise private and public sector clients across a range of regulated industries, including banking, telecoms, defence, healthcare and energy, and is particularly popular among public concessionaires. Administrative concessions are among co-head Paulo Pinheiro's areas of expertise; he is also proficient in dispute resolution and privatisations. Other key individuals include fellow leader Ana Marta Castro, Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira and Catarina Pinto Correia, who all demonstrate experience in public procurement, concessions and administrative litigation. The team has further been developing its presence across Portuguese and French-speaking African countries as well as East Timor; Pinto Correia has been instrumental in this process.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Pinheiro; Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Correia; Ana Marta Castro; André Gaspar Martins


‘What makes this practice unique is the response time and a solid legal answer to our main subjects. The fact that they can produce legal documents under pressure is outstanding. The team’s capability to combine solid knowledge of public law, European law, Banking Law and real estate is an advantage.’

‘The team demonstrates a high degree of technical competence and great availability and responsiveness. It assists with the implementation of the best solutions for each specific case.’

‘VdA’s administrative team has been supporting us very closely throughout 2020. The team has been proactive in proposing solutions, alternatives, discussing pros & cons, always providing clear and timely advice.’

‘Excellent service, high-quality of legal advice, accurate service, flexibility.’

‘Ana Marta Castro is very organised and she can meet strict deadlines while delivering a solid legal advice. Her international experience and her capability to manage complex legal issues are also recommended.’

‘VdA enjoys a strong reputation in public law. The team is highly knowledgeable, competent, experienced and has a deep understanding of the legal matters at stake that allows them to find creative solutions or to co-create them with the client. The practice lawyers are pragmatic and solutions-oriented.’

‘Paulo Pinheiro is a brilliant lawyer with an impressive and extensive experience of solving and handling complex legal matters. Catarina Pinto Correia is a smart lawyer who provides high-quality advice and demonstrates wide-ranging knowledge on public law matters.’

Key clients

Banco de Portugal

Brisa group

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

Portuguese Government (Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Defense, Defense Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing)

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

José de Mello Saúde Group

Ferrovial Agroman, SA

ELOS – Ligações de Alta Velocidade, S.A.

BMS – Bristol-Myers Squibb

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.

Azores Regional Government and SATA SGPS, S.A.

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Sonae Group

Banco BPI, S.A.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A

Société Générale

Caixa Banco

Real estate and construction Tier 1

VdA stands out for its wealth of experience in real estate development; in addition, the team has equal strength in real estate financing and investment. The practice group is led by Pedro Ferreirinha, who is skilled across the entire range of real estate matters, notably those involving sale and leaseback transactions, land use issues, financing and investment funds. His extensive experience in the field covers hotels, offices, residential and commercial projects, as well as cross-border deals taking place in Angola. Real estate and urban planning expert Miguel Marques dos Santos is also part of the core team. Pedro Pereira Coutinho excels in real estate projects pertaining to the hospitality and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Ferreirinha

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Marques dos Santos; Pedro Pereira Coutinho; Pedro Corrêa d’Oliveira


‘Pedro Pereira Coutinho and his team are our go-to choice in Portugal as they understand in depth the issues relating to Hospitality real estate and provide concise and relevant advice for each of our transactions. They are proactive and will raise, discuss and resolve issues taking into account our fundamental business needs.’

‘ Pedro Pereira Coutinho is very good at discussing and resolving local legal issues with opposing local counsel so as to facilitate our transactional process. He is also very knowledgeable of many of the facets of our business, which is not always the case for the hospitality industry.’

Key clients

Vanguard Properties

Ageas Portugal

Tax Tier 1

The sizeable tax team at VdA provides advice on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions in a wide range of sectors, particularly energy, finance, real estate, infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences. Tiago Marreiros Moreira is the practice head and focuses on international tax structuring of major transactions and investments in Portugal and other Portuguese speaking countries. The key name for tax litigation is Joaquim Pedro Lampreia, while Samuel Fernandes de Almeida and Matthieu Le Roux have expertise in tax in African jurisdictions. In 2019 the team integrated a group of accountancy and tax financial consultants to expand the scope of its services. Francisco Cabral Matos and Conceição Gamito are notable non-partner contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Marreiros Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Joaquim Pedro Lampreia; Samuel Fernandes de Almeida; Matthieu Le Roux; Francisco Cabral Matos; Conceição Gamito


It’s a strong team that put into practice all the energy, know how and good relationship with the customer. I feel secure with all the cases VdA handle for me.

VdA has an exceptional team. They take their work very serious, which translates into the quality of their work.

This team gives me the comfort of feeling safe in the correct hands. The general feeling is that this law firm is on the top of their game and are always aware of the matters in hand.

Delivers results. Strong knowledge. Availability. Full commitment.

Perfect mastery of the subjects in dispute.

Joaquim Pedro Lampreia is the ultimate “problem solver”, with an in-depth knowledge of all tax matters and always looking for original and creative ways to solve problems and settle matters. He understands that “time is money”.’

The team is extremely business oriented. They cover all tax matters very efficiently and speak the same language as the company.

The partner who leads the team is an extremely professional person who creates empathy and transmits confidence in his work.

TMT Tier 1

VdA's information, communication and technology group has a breadth of expertise that ensures a steady flow of work from clients in the aerospace, aviation, postal and emerging technologies sectors, alongside the more traditional sectors of TMT. Three partners oversee the department's work: Margarida Couto is an expert in public procurement and has handled first-of-their-kind transactions in the telecoms sector; Fernando Resina da Silva is the key contact for technology matters; and Magda Cocco is a noted name in the country's aerospace sector, drafting legislation in that area. Lusophone Africa is an important focus for the practice, with a number of important recent projects in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Principe. Tiago Bessa was promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Margarida Couto; Fernando Resina da Silva; Magda Cocco

Other key lawyers:

Marília Frias; Isabel Ornelas; Tiago Bessa

Key clients


ITU (International Telecommunication Union)

ARCTEL-CPLP (Associação de Reguladores de Comunicações e Telecomunicações da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa)

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia

A4Ai – Alliance for Affordable Internet | World Wide Web Foundation

CTT – Correios de Portugal

Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education


Thales Alenia Space

DSPA – Data Science Portuguese Association

Employment Tier 2

Showcasing strength across restructuring and collective bargaining issues, VdA's labour practice stands out for its international experience. This focus on cross-border employment mandates stems from chairman Rui Andrade's strong knowledge of African jurisdictions. In addition, the team acts for an ever-expanding Portuguese client roster, comprising names from an array of sectors such as insurance, transport, energy, tourism and automotive. Américo Oliveira Fragoso and Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo are seasoned in restructuring processes involving large numbers of employees, which is also a focal point for Tiago Piló.

Practice head(s):

Rui Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Américo Oliveira Fragoso; Benedita Gonçalves; Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo; Tiago Piló


‘The team is very strong because they have very good lawyers with significant knowledge. On top of that, they are extremely professional and always available when we need them.’

‘ Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo ( Managing Associate) is our main point of contact. He is outstanding. His level of knowledge of employment law is very impressive . He is able to explain complex subjects in a simple and practical way, showing us the best solutions. He always complies with timelines.’

‘It is a seasoned team, whose knowledge of the market practices and deep understanding of employment law and the way it relates with such practices is notorious.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the availability, proximity to the client, and the ability to provide legal advice according to the client’s specificities.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso definitively stands out in the market, given his permanent availability,  deep knowledge of the market’s practices and solid knowledge of the employment legal system.’

‘VDA is characterised by great client service, proactivity and excellent technical preparation. It offers highly experienced resources that provide very solid solutions.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso is always available and has a high level of expertise, and provides excellent advice when matters are complex.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso has great technical knowledge and availability; he also stands out for his excellent communication and negotiation skills in difficult situations.’

Key clients

AVIS Budget Group





Cape Verdean Ministry of Finance / ELECTRA

Cellnex Telecom




Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company S.L. (ECCBC)



José de Mello Group | José de Mello Saúde


L3Harris Group


Luís Simões

Luís Simões Logística Integrada, S.A.



Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks Europe

Monumental palace hotel

Morgan Standley




Porsche Holdings GmbH


Roche Diagnósticos

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, SAD (SLB)

STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A.

Technip FMC



Planning law Tier 2

Urban development projects and related compliance, environmental impact matters and disputes are specialisms of the planning team at VdA. The practice also has a notable practice in African jurisdictions, being particularly active in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2020. Clients include key real estate and project developers in Portugal and Africa, as well as local authorities. Practice head Raul Mota CerveiraRodrigo Esteves de Oliveira and Ana Marta Castro are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Raul Mota Cerveira

Other key lawyers:

Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira; Ana Marta Castro


The VdA team is highly skilled, especially in Portuguese speaking countries with a 360 degree complete approach to each case.

VDA’s team is unique, I believe that fast and quality legal opinions are the key capabilities.

Raul Mota Cerveira is a highly skilled lawyer with a very practical and pragmatic approach to the cases. Also important to mention his ability to be always connected and providing quick feedback to the customers.

The team I work with at VdA is very knowledgeable, on juridical issues and business models/practicalities. Totally focused on client needs and expectations, they are always available, fulfilling deadlines, and being good listeners and open to others’ ideas.

Willingness to help at very short notice – strong network of contacts in our remote area of operations in Africa. Friendly and engaging attitude.

Vda has a committed team that will never leave you without a solution.

‘The commitment, the domain of the subjects, and the quality of the delivered work.’

Raul Cerveira and his team guided me through the legal process in my property development project. The VDA team’s guidance in English was most helpful!!

Key clients

IFRRU – Instrumento Financeiro da Reabilitação e Revitalização Urbanas 2020

Malazan Development

Foz do Tejo

EDP Renováveis

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

HBD – São Tomé and Príncipe

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Maikara Lodge

Municipality of Figueira da Foz


Fundbox / Quinta da Ombria


Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 2

The IT and automotive sectors were particularly rich sources of work in 2020 for the Porto office of VdA, whose work is co-ordinated by Isabel Gião Andrade, an expert in cross-border commercial activities. The team is praised for its ‘thorough and thoughtful counsel‘ and from a deep pool of non-partner lawyers, managing associate Benedita Gonçalves stands out for her labour law advice, working on a number of restructurings and collective dismissals in 2020. Her fellow managing associate Inês Ribera is also a key contact and coordinates the corporate and governance team. The office was further strengthened in September 2021 with the hires of Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Maria da Conceição CabaçosMiguel Reis and João Velez de Lima.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Gião de Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Benedita Gonçalves; Inês Ribera; Miguel Reis; Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão; Maria da Conceição Cabaços; João Velez de Lima


‘VdA professionals are very experienced and responsive. Throughout the firm, they have experience in most of the subjects, and arrive to a good proposal within a short period of time.’

Their knowledge is of the best level I’ve seen, and their team covers a very wide range of topics. Their communication is superbly clear, focused, and pragmatic. They can indeed fit in our shoes and communicate the legal details in a way that we can easily grasp them.

The capacity to deal with the client; showing empathy, politeness, and concern in solving their problems. The ability to express and defend arguments in the processes the team deals with, showing specialized knowledge, not only related to juridical matters but also to the reality of the markets that may be involved in the processes.

Benedita Gonçalves is a great support in our organization in terms of support of HR activities. One of the best professionals we worked with.

‘In our company we always have matters that need the intervention of different specialties. VdA has professionals that tackle different aspects of law (labour, business, corporate, tax) and can offer a unique service.’

Inês Ribera is always available to explain any concerns we might have regarding law application. If it’s not within her knowledge, she will delegate in another partner, but never leaving the matter. She will close it with us.

Benedita Gonçalves is not only an excellent lawyer but also a fantastic human being. In the support provided to our company regarding labor issues I am always confident and secure with the information I receive. She also leads her team in a way that there is always someone available and with the best fit to solve any issue that arises.

Diverse expertise within the team from corporate affairs to technology subjects. Very quick in response.

Key clients



STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A.

Grupo Casais, Adriparte, S.A., José Moreira Fernandes & Filhos, Lda.

Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Schmidt Light Metal Group

Lusomedicamenta – Sociedade Técnica Farmacéutica, S.A.

Clutch Creator Inc.

HBM Fibersensing S.A.



Didimo, S.A.

Luís Simões Logística Integrada, S.A.

Eberspächer Exhaust Technology Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.

Hostelworld Services Portugal, Lda.

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

CONDURIL – Engenharia, S.A.

MAAP – MA Automotive Portugal, S.A.

Transport Tier 2

Legal advice to transport-sector clients is provided by the infrastructure and mobility department at VdA, which fields cross-practice expertise in finance, public law, competition and M&A. The team has broad capabilities in the development and financing of PPP projects in the rail, road, airport, port and logistics sectors, as well as public procurement, leasing and restructuring transactions. Its expertise in shipping matters covers advice on cargo recovery, pollution claims, ship arrests and sale and purchase deals; oil and gas-related work is another core area of activity. Paulo de Barros Baptista heads up the team, which also includes José Miguel Oliveira and Teresa Empis Falcão.

Practice head(s):

Paulo de Barros Baptista

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Empis Falcão; Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira; José Miguel Oliveira

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

A diverse client base that includes multinationals in a range of sectors instructs VdA on matters in Angola. Day-to-day regulatory advice to oil companies is a standout specialism of the team, which is also strong on mining, agriculture and banking. João Afonso Fialho heads the oil and gas practice group as well as focusing on mining and shipping and Paulo Trindade Costa leads on M&A, restructurings and corporate finance matters. Rui Andrade in labour law and Samuel Fernandes de Almeida in tax have also both been involved in recent highlights in the jurisdiction. In recent developments, José Miguel Oliveira was promoted to partner in 2021. Ângela Viana is a name to note at the non-partner level.

Practice head(s):

João Afonso Fialho; Paulo Trindade Costa

Other key lawyers:

Rui Andrade; Samuel Fernandes de Almeida; José Miguel Oliveira; Ângela Viana

Key clients

KT – Kinetics Technology, SPA


Meteo France International




Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 1

Portuguese-based VdA works in tandem with local firm GdA Advogados to serve a range of clients across the key industries in Mozambique, including oil and gas, energy, banking, real estate and infrastructure. Its Mozambique offering is spearheaded by a trio of lawyers: João Afonso Fialho has experience in oil and gas projects across Portuguese and French-speaking Africa; Teresa Empis Falcão specialises in national and international project finance and capital markets; and Tiago Marreiros Moreira is a key contact for tax and corporate advisory matters. Samuel Fernandes de Almeida and Vanda Cascão are also active members of the team, as is José Miguel Oliveira, who was promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Marreiros Moreira; Teresa Empis Falcão; João Afonso Fialho

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Fernandes de Almeida; Vanda Cascão; José Miguel Oliveira

Key clients

Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limitada


Friburge Angola

Portucel Moçambique Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Florestal e Industrial, Lda. (Portucel Moçambique)

With over 40 years of experience, Vieira de Almeida (VdA) is an international law firm noted for top-quality legal advice and cutting-edge innovation. A profound business know-how coupled with a highly specialised cross-sector legal practice enable the firm to effectively meet the increasingly complex challenges faced by clients. VdA offers robust solutions based on consistent standards of excellence, ethics and professionalism, and is acknowledged as a leading provider of legal services by the most reputed professional organisations, international publications and research institutions. VdA has consistently and consecutively received the industry’s most prestigious awards and nominations.

Through VdA Legal Partners clients have access to a wide sectorial coverage and a team of lawyers across 12 jurisdictions: Portugal; Angola; Cabo Verde; Cameroon; Chad; Congo; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Mozambique, Sao Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.
VdA Legal Partners consolidates VdA’s international footprint, bringing together all the lawyers and independent law firms affiliated with VdA for the provision of integrated legal services in Lusophone and Francophone Africa, as well as Timor-Leste.

The firm has a unique blend of exceptional technical expertise, a commercial mindset and in-depth knowledge across industries and local markets. Each mandate is tenaciously handled by multidisciplinary teams comprised of subject-matter specialists and local practitioners. Lawyers at VdA work as a team regardless of their physical location: enthusiastic client service is part of their DNA, wherever the client may be.

The firm’s international reach is further enhanced through a set of working relationships with some of the most reputed law firms in Europe, America – particularly Brazil – Asia and Africa:

  • Angola: With extensive experience in Angola, our lawyers have led the most high-profile operations and projects of the last decades, particularly in the Oil&Gas, mining, banking and finance and the telecommunications sectors. The exclusive Angolan member of VdA Legal Partners, Luanda-based ASP Advogados, is comprised of notable local lawyers, deeply familiarized with the Angolan market, drawing upon the talents and skills of over 300 VdA attorneys across 12 jurisdictions and several international offices. Clients’ most demanding and multifaceted needs in Angola are met by a highly specialised and fully dedicated cross-sector legal practices. For further information, please visit:
  • Cabo-Verde: At VdA, our lawyers have assisted with diversified projects and operations in Cabo Verde, particularly in the telecommunications, banking and finance, energy, and tourism sectors, further standing out for their extensive work in legislative production as part of the great legal reforms undertaken in recent years. Our local partner, SSA Advogados is the exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners in Cape Verde. Led by Sulima Santos, this young and dynamic team has a deep knowledge of the local market. As part of the VdA Legal Partners network, which gathers more than 300 lawyers with international experience, SSA Advogados aims to establish itself as a leading firm in the Cape Verdean legal market, particularly in the Financial, Energy, Infrastructures, Telecommunications and Tourism sectors
    For further information, please contact:
  • Cameroon: VdA has a team of French-speaking lawyers who have supported several investors in Cameroon. Our local partner, Core Africa Lawyers, is a renowned law firm in the Cameroonian market, with international recognition in OHADA Law, as well as in the Oil&Gas practice and Project Finance. For further information, please visit:
  • Chad: We have a proven track record of supporting our clients across francophone Africa, assisting several projects and clients in Chad. VdA’s French-speaking lawyers team up with our local partner, Cabinet BASSOUNDA & Partners, a law firm of reference in the Chadian market, internationally recognised as an expert in OHADA Law, as well as in tax, employment & benefits, finance and litigation matters. Our expertise in all the relevant sectors coupled with the understanding of the local market and its intricacies enables us to provide clients with a seamless service on the largest and most innovative transactions across the country. For further information, please contact:
  • Congo: Our team of French-speaking lawyers have extensive experience in advising major investors operating in Congo, particularly in the Oil&Gas sector and in connection with tax matters. We work with an association of two highly reputed local partners: Pointe-Noire based Sutter & Pearce, with extensive experience in the oil & gas field and in contentious and non-contentious tax matters and Cabinet Mathias Esserek, regarded for its breadth of experience in contentious matters, notably litigation before the courts of the country. For further information, please contact:
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Our lawyers are highly experienced practitioners in the DRC, notably within the mining, Oil&Gas and public works’ sectors, often representing clients in direct negotiations with the government and in public tenders, namely in the context of rail and road infrastructures. VdA’s breadth and in-depth expertise empower agile solutions to our clients’ most demanding and multifaceted needs, notably in tax, environment and corporate law related matters. Our local partner in the DRC is MBM-CONSEIL, a reference law firm with offices in the capital Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. The firm is one of the largest and longest-established law practices in the country, highly ranked by the leading international directories It routinely provides legal advice to international investors and clients with expertise that encompasses all areas of business law but with a focus on natural resources, transportation and tax. For further information, please contact:
  • Equatorial Guinea: Our VdA lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the Equato-Guinean market, regularly assisting major investors in the country, including in contentious matters, chiefly in the Oil&Gas sector but also in the infrastructure, transport, banking & finance and energy sectors, as well as in national and international arbitration. For further information, please contact:
  • Gabon: Our team of French-speaking lawyers’ track record in advising major investors in Gabon, particularly in the Oil&Gas and mining sectors, both in contentious and non-contentious work, is enhanced by our local partnership with the Gabonese law firm Cabinet JOB, a reference in the country and one that enjoys international recognition. For further information, please contact:
  • Mozambique: GDA Advogados is the exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners in Mozambique. Combining a dynamic and multifaceted team with international background with a deep understanding of the local Mozambican market, GDA Advogados is particularly focused on the energy, infrastructure and the banking & finance sectors, drawing upon the accumulated know-how of over 300 VdA Legal Partners’ lawyers worldwide. For further information, please visit:, or contact:
  • São Tomé e Príncipe: With extensive experience in São Tomé and Principe, our lawyers have consistently supported major international investors in recent years, notably in the Oil&Gas, banking & finance and tourism sectors. Our local partner, VNA Advogados, is a highly reputed law firm with a young, dynamic team with in-depth knowledge of the local situation, offering specialized, close and practical assistance to our clients. For further information, please visit:
  • Timor-Leste: With extensive experience in Timor-Leste, and a bespoke combination of relationships, skills and experience in all relevant sectors – notably in telecommunications, banking & finance, infrastructure and oil&gas matters, our teams in Timor-Leste have also often been involved in extensive work regarding legislative production as part of the legal reforms undertaken in the country over recent years. For further information, please contact:

Sector expertise :

  • Agribusiness
  • Aviation
  • Associations
  • Banks
  • Cooperatives
  • Defence
  • Distribution
  • Energy
  • Fast moving consumer goods
  • Foundations
  • Funds
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • IPSS, ONGDs and other Public Interest entities
  • Life sciences
  • Mining
  • Oil&Gas
  • Ports and airports
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Public administration
  • Public sector companies
  • Rail Infrastructures
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory entities
  • Road infrastructures
  • Shipping
  • Social Enterprises and Businesses
  • Space
  • Technology and innovation
  • Telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Water and waste
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance +351 213 113 400
Capital Markets +351 213 113 400
Competition & EU +351 213 113 400
Corporate & Governance +351 213 113 400
Energy & Natural Resources +351 213 113 400
Information, Communication & Technology +351 213 113 400
Intellectual Property Litigation +351 213 113 400
Intellectual Property Transactions +351 213 113 400
Life Sciences +351 213 113 400
Litigation & Arbitration +351 213 113 400
M&A +351 213 113 400
OHADA Jurisdictions +351 213 113 400
Oil & Gas +351 213 113 400
Planning & Environment +351 213 113 400
Projects +351 213 113 400
Public law +351 213 113 400
Real Estate +351 213 113 400
Tax +351 213 113 400
Transport +351 213 113 400
Restructuring & Insolvency +351 213 113 400
Investigations & White Collar +351 213 113 400
Photo Name Position Profile
 João Afonso Fialho photo João Afonso Fialho Partner and Head of the Oil&Gas Practice
 Benedita Aires  photo Benedita Aires Partner
 Rui Andrade  photo Rui Andrade Partner and Head of Practice of Labour 
 Tiago Bessa photo Tiago Bessa Partner
 Jorge Bleck  photo Jorge Bleck Finance, M&A & Real Estate Group Senior Partner and Head of Practice…
 Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro  photo Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro Partner
 Vanda Cascão photo Vanda Cascão Partner
 Pedro Cassiano Santos  photo Pedro Cassiano Santos Partner and Head of Practice of the Banking & Finance, Capital Markets…
 Magda Cocco  photo Magda Cocco Head of Practice of Information, Communication & Technology
 Tiago Correia Moreira photo Tiago Correia Moreira Partner
 Margarida Couto  photo Margarida Couto Partner
 Teresa Empis Falcão photo Teresa Empis Falcão Partner
 Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira  photo Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira Head of Practice Partner Public Law
 José Pedro Fazenda Martins photo José Pedro Fazenda Martins Partner
 Samuel Fernandes de Almeida  photo Samuel Fernandes de Almeida Partner
 Pedro Ferreirinha  photo Pedro Ferreirinha Head of Practice Partner Real Estate
 Isabel Gião de Andrade  photo Isabel Gião de Andrade Partner
 Paula Gomes Freire  photo Paula Gomes Freire Group Executive Partner Finance, M&A & Real Estate
 Carla Gonçalves Borges  photo Carla Gonçalves Borges Partner
 Frederico Gonçalves Pereira photo Frederico Gonçalves Pereira Partner
 Matthieu Le Roux  photo Matthieu Le Roux Head of Practice Partner OHADA Jurisdictions
 Ana Luís de Sousa photo Ana Luís de Sousa Partner
 Miguel Marques dos Santos  photo Miguel Marques dos Santos Partner
 Tiago Marreiros Moreira  photo Tiago Marreiros Moreira Group Executive Partner Corporate Advisory & Tax and Head of Practice Partner…
 Ana Marta Castro  photo Ana Marta Castro Partner
 João Medeiros photo João Medeiros Co-Head Partner at the Investigations & White Collar area of practice.
 Hugo Moredo Santos  photo Hugo Moredo Santos Partner
 Raul Mota Cerveira  photo Raul Mota Cerveira Head of Practice Partner Planning & Environment
 Paulo Olavo Cunha  photo Paulo Olavo Cunha Group Senior Partner Corporate Advisory & Tax and Head of Practice Partner…
 José Miguel Oliveira  photo José Miguel Oliveira Partner
 Francisca Paulouro  photo Francisca Paulouro Head of Practice
 Joaquim Pedro Lampreia  photo Joaquim Pedro Lampreia Partner
 Pedro Pereira Coutinho photo Pedro Pereira Coutinho Partner
 Paulo Pinheiro  photo Paulo Pinheiro Group Executive Partner
 Miguel Pinto Cardoso  photo Miguel Pinto Cardoso Partner
 Catarina Pinto Correia  photo Catarina Pinto Correia Partner
 Manuel Protásio photo Manuel Protásio Group Executive Partner Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources
 Fernando Resina da Silva  photo Fernando Resina da Silva IP & Digital Group Executive Partner and Information, Communication & Technology Partner
 Sofia Ribeiro Branco  photo Sofia Ribeiro Branco Partner and Co- Head of Practice of Investigations & White Collar
 Nuno Ruiz  photo Nuno Ruiz Group Senior Partner of Public, Competition & Health
 Pedro Simões Coelho photo Pedro Simões Coelho Partner
 Paulo Trindade Costa  photo Paulo Trindade Costa Partner
 Helena Vaz Pinto  photo Helena Vaz Pinto Partner
 João Vieira de Almeida photo João Vieira de Almeida Managing Partner
 Cláudia da Cruz Almeida  photo Cláudia da Cruz Almeida Partner
 Paulo de Barros Baptista  photo Paulo de Barros Baptista Partner and Head of the Infrastructure & Mobility practice
 António de Magalhães Cardoso  photo António de Magalhães Cardoso Group Senior Partner Dispute Resolution and Head of Practice Partner Intellectual Property
Number of lawyers : 300+
Other offices : Porto
Other offices : Timor-Leste
Other offices : Angola
Other offices : Cape Verde
Other offices : Cameroon
Other offices : Chad
Other offices : Congo
Other offices : Democratic Republic of Congo
Other offices : Gabon
Other offices : Equatorial Guinea
Other offices : Mozambique
Other offices : Sao Tome and Principe

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João Vieira de Almeida, managing partner

Managing partner João Vieira de Almeida explains how VdA – Vieira de Almeida is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate your firm from your competitors?

A unique One Firm Firm culture, that impacts on how we work and interact with each other and the clients; a solid footprint in lusophone and francophone Africa, with an integrated network of offices in 13 jurisdictions.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

M&A, Real Estate, Litigation, Tax, Banking&Finance. Economic activity will continue to push these areas, as the country’s recovery maintains its pace.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We restructured our practices matrix (and our governance model), to enhance a better integration and management of Knowledge, an even more integrated and collaborative approach to clients and industries, and the advantages of technological tools. I believe this will increase our ability to deliver more value, more efficiently.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Definitely. We are already developing an AI project that will enable the integration of technology in the services we provide as well as in our interaction with clients.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Recently, we developed a Kaizen project where we helped a major real estate promoter to optimize its real estate development and sale processes (from the moment the client pays its first on-site visit to the execution of real estate deed).

By using the Kaizen approach we were able to obtain an holistic view as: (i) we mapped the critical business and legal paths – VdA’s, the client’s and the buyer’s ones; (ii) we uncovered the difficulties experienced by all stakeholders and (iii) we jointly built business and legal solutions (such as a negotiation matrix).

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients value firms that follow a strategic direction, on a stable and consistent way.

At VdA, our main challenges for the next 3 years will be convergence, collaboration and technology.


Law no. 6/2021, of 31 March (“Law 6/2021”), which enacts the voluntary arbitration law (“VAL”) and for the first time amends the Code on Civil Procedure (“CCP”), was published in the Timor-Leste Official Gazette.

MOZAMBIQUE: Decree No. 20/2021, of 13 April – Amendments to the Investment Law Regulation approved by Decree No. 43/2009, of 21 August

With the aim of adapting national and foreign investment processes (“Investment Projects”) to a new institutional framework of coordination and in the context of a policy to attract and facilitate those investments, Decree no. 20/2021, of 13 April (“Decree”), was approved, introducing amendments to the Investment Law Regulation. We highlight the following:
    1. For the purposes of transferring profits abroad and re-exportable invested capital, the minimum value of foreign direct investment through the allocation of own capital shall now be MZN 7,500,000 (seven million five hundred thousand meticais) and the minimum value for annual exports of goods or services shall be increased to MZN 4,500,000 (four million five hundred thousand meticais).
    2.  The initial investment to be made in the first two years of activity by companies established outside Industrial Free Trade Zones, but that wish to benefit from the respective regime, will now have a minimum amount equivalent to MZN 75,000,000 (seventy-five million meticais).
    3. The Agency for the Promotion of Investment & Exports (Agência para a Promoção de Investimento e Exportações, I.P. – “APIEX”) replaces the Investment Promotion Centre and the Office of Economic Zones for Accelerated Development as the entity responsible for the development, promotion and management of Investment Projects, as well as the promotion of national exports.
    4. As regards the entities responsible for the approval of the Investment Projects, we note the following:
      • Secretaries of State in the Province: for national Investment Projects in an amount not exceeding the equivalent to MZN 4,500,000 (four million five hundred thousand meticais);
      • Director General of APIEX: Investment Projects in an amount not exceeding the equivalent to MZN 7,500,000,000 (seven billion five hundred million meticais) and projects under the Special Economic Zone and Industrial Free Zone regimes;
      • Minister that oversees the area of Finances: Investment Projects in an amount not exceeding MZN 37,500,000,000 (thirty-seven billion five hundred million meticais);
      • Council of Ministers: Investment Projects in an amount exceeding the equivalent to MZN 37,500,000,000 (thirty-seven billion five hundred million meticais).
    5. The transfer of an investor’s position, including in undertakings and units of the Integrated Tourism Resort Zone, shall now only be subject to authorisation by the entity that authorised the respective project and upon proof of compliance with the relevant tax obligations.

Angola Exchange Policy

The National Bank of Angola (“BNA”) recently published, in the use of its powers, the following pieces of legislation:


The Republic of Angola and the Republic of Cape Verde have signed, on August 8, 2019, in Luanda, a Convention to eliminate Double Taxation of Income Taxes and to avoid Tax Evasion (DTT). Conventions to eliminate Double Taxation concluded between contracting States are a very important instrument for companies and investors’ trust when dealing with cross border transactions. The DTT signed between Angola and Cape Verde may assume an important role for structuring investments involving both countries. We highlight the following: Technical Services Fees The DTT sets forth a reduced 5% withholding rate on services paid by a client resident in on state to a service provider resident in the other state. Interest It is also foreseen a reduced 8% rate applicable on interest payments between both countries. Dividends To what concerns dividends, the applicable rates may vary between 5% and 10% depending on the situations. Entry into force The DTT has been signed in August 2019, however, only the Republic of Cape Verde has approved the agreement for ratification, as per the Resolution n.º 192/IX/2021 of 31.03.2021. The Republic of Angola has not approved similar procedure up to this date. Thus, the DTT has not entered into force yet. Angola has currently DTTs in force with Portugal and the UAE, and the DTT with China is still pending to be ratified. Cape Verde has DTTs in force with Portugal, Macau, Spain and Guinea Bissau. The DTTs with Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius and Sao Tome and Principe are still pending to be ratified.

VdA has been appointed to preside over the Steering Committee of GRACE

VdA has been elected President of the Steering Committee of GRACE for the period 2018/2020. Partner Margarida Couto, shall take office on behalf of the firm.

GRACE ( is a pioneering non-profit public interest organisation gathering over 160 companies of all sizes and across industries, engaged in deepening their social role, as well as promoting and developing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Portugal.

The appointment of VdA to lead GRACE for the next 3 years is a strong motive for institutional pride, as it recognises the role played by the firm in Portugal, in matters regarding CSR.

Note :

VdA carries out an extensive corporate social responsibility programme, organised around several axes, notably corporate volunteer work, empowerment of non-profit organisations and the provision of pro bono legal services. Throughout 2017, VdA provided over 7.000 hours of free legal services to over 100 non-profit organisations. Over the years, the number of hours allocated to the CSR Programme has steadily increased.

At the end of 2016, VdA launched the Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation, having as key mission to educate for citizenship and assert the key role education and knowledge play in the promotion of human rights and the Rule of Law. The Foundation is also engaged in strengthening VdA’s CSR Programme, while an organised expression of the exercise of citizenship, reinforcing VdA’s lawyers’ and staff sense of belonging to the community at large.

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